My rating: 5 out of 5

As the authors note in the foreword - they tried writing a book they wish they had when they started their careers. I believe they succeeded. I also wish I read this book much earlier in my life…

I’ve read and reviewed other books that all feel related to topics covered here, namely Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman or Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. Both of these get referenced several times in specific examples.

If this book was a professional person it would be a generalist. It covers cognitive biases, fallacies and buzzwords or phrases that you might have heard but perhaps don’t understand the meaning of. And it strikes a decent balance between covering a lot of things and explaining each of them well. This is by no means a specialist literature for learning about all the ways our brains are broken.

I am including a photo of the inside of the back cover which contains a nice list of things covered (in the second half of the book) to give you an idea of the breath of it.

And perhaps one of the best things about the way this book is written - it is very readable not at all dry. An easy recommendation almost for everyone. Not just to keep practicing and keeping these mental models on my mind as I go about my life…

Inside cover photo